It feels like each day there’s now Spanish articles about the future of Unai Nunez, and in nearly every one West Ham get a mention.

During the winter market there were claims the Hammers either wanted to pay, or were considering paying, the player’s €30m release clause at Athletic Club Bilbao. His deal with the Basque club runs until June 2023, and it’s unlikely they’d sell him for less, given their self-imposed restrictions on recruitment.

Athletic would like to give the 23 year old a new deal, certainly with a higher clause. He’s resisting, and despite the window having been closed less than a week there’s already talk of a potential summer exit, with West Ham being dragged into that.

There’s a very good chance the Premier League club, and others said to be keen, are being used in a contract stand-off with Athletic. Nunez has only started 32% of the club’s La Liga matches so far this season, and wants more minutes.

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Without those matches, he doesn’t want to renew and La Razon report he’s rejected several offers to do so.

West Ham and Bayern Munich get a mention as clubs who could pay the €30m, so if Athletic want to keep their player happy, and persuade him to sign a new deal, they’ll need to give him more minutes.

Until he’s a regular starter these claims will continue.